7 Tips for a Pet Safe Thanksgiving
Following these safe and simple tips will help your thanksgiving season go off without a hitch for you, your guests, and your companion.
1) Little Bits of Turkey (NO SKIN) is ok on top of their normal food. But high amounts can wreak havoc on their digestive system. This can range from an upset stomach and diarrhea to a more serious condition called Pancreatitis.
2) No BONES about it. Although we know our canine companions love to chew on a good bone, turkey bones can splinter and shatter and become lodged in their digestive tract likely requiring immediate surgery to correct.
3) Try a KONG toy to keep them occupied. Stuff it with pieces of sweet potato for a healthy treat that will keep them happy while you eat.
4) Stay away from the tears! Onions are toxic! Red, white, yellow all the same. Keep all foods baked with this ingredient out of reach of your companion.
5) It could be a raw deal….while baking all those yummy breads and desserts make sure to keep the raw dough out of reach. Dough rises with heat and the inside of the stomach is an oven. A small piece may seem like no big deal but when consumed can triple in size creating blockage and bloat.
6) The after meal cocktail. With their sweet smells are appealing to dogs. Keep these away from areas that are accessible. Alcohol even in small amounts can be fatal. Instead try adding a ice cube of Sodium free chicken broth to their water for a refreshing drink.
7) Last but not least Thanksgiving is a time for family to come together. If you are hosting remember that this can be stressful on your companion pet. Make sure they have a safe place to go for quiet time. Place a note on the door so your guests know to watch for him/her as they open the door. Stress can lead to darting. Request your guests don’t overwhelm by petting, playing and fussing over your pet.
On behalf of the doctors and staff of Electric City Animal Clinic, we would like to wish you a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. We are so very thankful for our wonderful clients and patients. Without you, we couldn’t do what we love. Thank you for trusting us with your furry family. May God bless you and your family this season.